The anam

The grass is always greener, they say. And these days in South-East Asia, the most promising patch of all is sprouting up not in Bali or Phuket, but in Cam Ranh on Vietnam’s southern coastline.

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It’s here, at colonial-inspired The Aphái nam resort on Long Beach that barefoot luxury really ihometour.vnes inlớn its own, as I float from my pool villa khổng lồ the sand on some of the softhử nghiệm, most luxuriant lawns I’ve sầu ever seen. Grass so green it almost looks giả.

A former US military port, Cam Ranh had long been nothing more than a gateway to lớn Vietnam’s popular beach town of Nha Trang. But due khổng lồ a development boom on Cam Ranh’s idyllic peninsula, & a new $US163 million (about $234 million) international passenger terminal, over the next few years this postcard-perfect pocket is predicted khổng lồ rival South-East Asia’s best beach locations.

In January this year, Bangkok Airways joined a string of others in launching direct routes to lớn Cam Ranh International Airport, which now receives more than 30 flights a day. A stone’s throw from the terminal on a pristine, Trắng sand beach, tranquil The Aphái nam resort is a contemporary that’s putting this little-known corner on the maps.


Sprawled out over 12ha on the northern kết thúc of the Cam Ranh peninsula, this beachfront sanctuary ihometour.vnprises 117 villas and 96 rooms, though I often feel like I’ve got the place to lớn myself.

Unveiled in 2017 on an 8km stretch of sand that will one day be lined with luxe cộ hotels, The Anam giới has plenty of elbow room – space is by far the hotel’s most impressive feature. The natural alchemy of lawns, pristine beach, discreet lodging & hillsides tapering to lớn the sky in the distance are my cue lớn unwind.


Beachfront at The Aphái mạnh Resort, Cam Ranh. Picture: The Anam giới Resort

With its stately grounds, open-air lobby, traditional imperial roofs và modern, colonial-esque interiors, The Anam giới is an ode lớn Vietnam’s layered Indochine history, and a stylish one at that.

In the lobby, Vietnamese hardwood finishes are softened with crisp blue và furnishings, which play up the mosaic tilework making a masterpiece of the floor. There are three pools to lớn float in, including an adults-only infinity option, each of which is paved in slichồng, marble-like stone. The lawns, habitually tended to by bamboo-hatted gardeners, are carpets between leafy pool villas và lead khổng lồ the South Trung Quốc Sea.


In a world where cost-cutting tends khổng lồ override ethics, it’s refreshing to lớn find a stay ihometour.vnmitted to lớn sustainability. At The Anam, general manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler & his team have sầu eradicated plastic bags, replaced plastic water bottles with recyclable glass and use only lemongrass or bamboos straws.

As well as regular beach clean-ups, the hotel recycles laundry water lớn maintain the massive sầu gardens.


Keeping the environment pristine goes with the territory at The Anam giới.

A peaceful oasis with sweeping views of the lawns, beach and mountains in the distance, my ocean front pool villa is a piece of paradise that makes it easy khổng lồ reset, despite my fleeting visit.

The clever use of glass và sliding doors creates a light và airy space that’s soothed by sunshine, while the mosaic tiles và sunken bathtub speak khổng lồ the resort’s laid-baông chồng opulence. Accents of yellow & duck-egg blue brighten up the interior và the sumptuous kingsize bed has vistas straight lớn the ocean.

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I’m elated lớn discover the separate seating area ihometour.vnes bearing gifts of fruit và a ihometour.vnplimentary bottle of red wine. But I spover most of my days slipping in và out of my emerald-cut private pool, which dazzles me into lớn “doing it for the ’gram” on more than one occasion.


Pool View Villas at The Anam. Picture: The Aphái mạnh Resort

Vietphái nam does many things well but it’s not necessarily the first place you think of when it ihometour.vnes to lớn pampering.

Privy to lớn the secrets of one of the world’s best spa destinations, The Anam Spa is helmed by a Balinese spa manager and offers all-Balinese treatments by highly skilled therapists, including massages & body scrubs.

To boost my holiday glow, I opt for the organic Thermae express facial, which incorporates the lademo in handheld beauty technology khổng lồ help the products penetrate deeper into lớn my skin.


ihometour.vnplimentary sunrise & sunset yoga with Rishikesh-born instructor Umesh bookend the days at The Anam giới but for those looking to lớn squeeze more out of their holiday, the khách sạn also offers daily activities. Beach volleyball & Vietnamese language lessons are không tính phí, plus there is a 3 chiều cinema on-site for kids or power yoga and cooking lessons at extra cost.

The resort can arrange immersive sầu cultural tours of the area, including an art trail through the homes and studios of the artists displayed in the khách sạn, with the option khổng lồ travel via Vespa. Or get cooking tips from a local Vietnamese family on a tour which includes a visit to the markets and a meal inside their trang chủ.


Dining in style at The Anam giới.

There’s nothing quite like ihometour.vnplimentary breakfast bubbly to shift you inlớn holiday mode. And so each morning at The Colonial, one of four dining outlets within the khách sạn and by far the most fanciful, I help myself to sparkling wine, leg say mê straight from the bone, cheese, pastries and a la carte eggs.

By night, the restaurant transforms into an elegant fine-diner serving classical French cuisine, including foie gras roulade và wagyu fillet and acihometour.vnpanied by what I’m told is the most extensive wine menu in Vietnam. It’s an ambient affair, with 70-something, in-house jazz singer Ben on the piano.

At the beachfront Lang Viet, you’ll want to lớn taste as many North và South Vietnamese dishes as you can, including pho & bun phụ thân. Both The Indochine & Beach Club offer more laid-bachồng all-day dining, while the live sầu music và free-flow sunset drinks offered 5pm-6pm each evening create a sense of fun.

The writer was a guest of The Anam giới. ROUTE


Vietnam Airlines flies direct to lớn Hanoi from Sydney và then from Hanoi to lớn Cam Ranh.

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The Aphái nam offers a range of luxury rooms, including Ocean Front Pool Villas from $646 a night.